Town to in­crease plas­tics re­cy­cling

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

PLAS­TIC bread bags, forks and foam cups will soon be re­cy­cled with other plas­tics by Perth Waste for Mos­man Park coun­cil.

“The best way to max­imise plas­tics re­cov­ery is to have loose, clean items in the yel­low re­cy­cling bins and shop­ping bags can’t be full of any­thing, even other shop­ping bags,” Perth Waste south branch man­ager Dean Wells said.

At their meet­ing last month, coun­cil­lors de­cided Perth Waste would take the plas­tics that make up shop­ping, bread and other types of plas­tic bags, pic­nic knives and forks, foam cups and trays at an an­nual cost of $15,000 to the coun­cil, or $3.92 for each house­hold in the Town.

Plas­tics al­ready re­cy­cled by the Town in­clude soft drink, milk, de­ter­gent and cor­dial bot­tles.

Ice-cream and take­away con­tain­ers were also among the 1205 tonnes of waste col­lected from res­i­dents and re­cy­cled in the 12 months un­til last May.

A staff re­port said the ad­di­tion of the three new types of plas­tics means 133 tonnes could be di­verted from land­fill each year.

The State Gov­ern­ment will in­crease land­fill levies from $55/tonne this year to $70/tonne in 2018.

Mr Wells said a newly in­stalled com­po­nent at Perth Waste’s Bi­bra Lake re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity and a $6 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the site two years ago meant it could ac­cept the three types of plas­tics.

Cottes­loe Coun­cil is the only western sub­urbs coun­cil that does not re­cy­cle all seven types of plas­tics.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Perth Waste south branch man­ager Dean Wells with the dif­fer­ent types of plas­tics that the fa­cil­ity can re­cy­cle.

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